A bank's earnings performance affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
Liberty Bank received below-average marks on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 6 out of a possible 30.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Liberty Bank was 2.06 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $719,000 on total equity of $35.1 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.26 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.